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Safely Retuning the Kids to School - A discussion - Shared screen with speaker view
Jennifer (she/her) Weininger
06:29
Welcome - We will get started in a few minutes.
Rana R Mokhtar
37:46
Perhaps I missed this point - how can we access school dashboards?
Genevieve Saphier
39:17
I think it varies by district. In my kids' district, the dashboard is published weekly on the district website. But I don't think all districts make it public.
Jennifer (she/her) Weininger
40:51
DESE does capture it too (not sure it's accuracy as per Prof Geller's comments)
Jennifer (she/her) Weininger
40:55
https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/positive-cases/
Emmy Dove
42:10
Some districts are more accurate than others. This is only voluntary reporting and the report does not distinguish between non-reporting or no cases. My district has not been great about reporting consistently.
Rana R Mokhtar
43:32
Thank you!
Grace Fehrenbach
45:22
Window safety should also be included. Child injury and deaths from falls are possible when window safety is not in place.
Michael B. Mellor
46:50
Will this recording be publicly available? My partner is public school teacher and I would love to share it.
Jennifer (she/her) Weininger
47:16
Yes Michael - We will share the link after the session!
Michael B. Mellor
48:37
Thanks!
Grace Fehrenbach
50:45
I have some concerns about the possible miscommunication cues that could be associated with "jump in the pond" and "jump in the pool" campaigning because children who may not be able to swim may be hearing this message and take it out of context. It also is not English Language learner friendly. It might be better to encourage a different way of messaging for pool testing.
Emmy Dove
56:33
You mentioned the need for metrics for pulling back on full-time in person learning. I was under the impression that this decision would be made for the districts by DESE. Is that not correct? Do superintendents have control over this?
Jolene Lehr - HSPH ECPE
01:00:26
Do we have any data that might help us forecast what might be the impact of the change (relaxing) of the MA State Travel Order, especially the point that children under 10 no longer need to do testing upon re-entry to the State (as long as the accompanying adult is tested)?
Cindi Lyn Melanson
01:04:37
My biggest concern has been lunch. My family has heeded public health advice and has not stepped in a restaurant at all. Bringing all the kids into a cafeteria or other setting, even with 6ft distancing, seems so contradictory, esp. with the data you shared about the rates being similar to community, even though kids are likely to not get as sick as adults and older people.
Michele Hudak
01:04:50
Our school offers pool testing at the High School level and had less than 10% sign up. I'm not sure how to get more families on board.
Emmy Dove
01:07:20
My district (Reading) opted into the state pooled testing program and has chosen to make the athlete testing mandatory. For everyone else, it’s by consent. We have ~60% acceptance across the district. Lowest in elementary schools.
Grace Fehrenbach
01:09:55
Our schools have implemented outdoor dining for lunch whenever possible. Indoor at 6 feet, if needed. Pool testing is optional with low participation at this point. (Brookline)
Emmy Dove
01:11:01
We had to move to circular tables for lunch as the desks needed to be moved back into classrooms. So they put dividers in, but they are definitely not 6ft side to side.
Cindi-Ann Hirst
01:14:12
My district (Somerville) is doing mandatory pooled testing of all elementary students, and applied for a waiver with DESE and we're approved for a full-time return after April break. Their original plan was to upgrade to MERV 13 filters in all schools but due to mis-management of the timeline shifted to a combination of central HVAC filter upgrades coupled with portable units which was originally suggested by members of the community since last Fall. We have been fully-remote, including SPED (they finally returned beginning of March). According to our community survey, over 80% wanted to return.
Genevieve Saphier
01:17:14
My school does lunch with kids either at individual desks in the cafeteria (not lunch tables) 6 feet apart all facing the same way. They also utilize as many other spaces in the school as possible for lunch (gyms, etc), and are getting tents to allow as much use of outdoor space as possible - both for lunch and as alternative classroom space.
Cindi-Ann Hirst
01:17:54
Thank you!
Constantine Kosti Psimopoulos
01:21:13
Thank you very much for this session Prof. Geller and for sharing this data!
Jennifer (she/her) Weininger
01:21:25
https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_djzdhZmEEEgGF6J
Cindi Lyn Melanson
01:21:29
This was excellent. Thank you so much for the clear presentation and very informative info!
Cori O'Brien Chisholm
01:21:39
Thank you - very much appreciate your time and sharing of this datas.
NANCY D. GERARD
01:21:50
Thank you very much
Genevieve Saphier
01:21:53
Thank you!
NANCY D. GERARD
01:22:02
Thank you for this valuable info.
Michele Hudak
01:22:06
thank you
Jolene Lehr - HSPH ECPE
01:22:09
thank you!
EJ Klingaman, She/her
01:22:11
THANK YOU!
Grace Fehrenbach
01:22:14
Thank you! Love that you are modeling learning and sharing what has been learned!
Emmy Dove
01:22:20
thank you!
Alyssa Speier
01:22:29
Thank you so much! it was wonderful!